Air China flies Manila

Begins service on March 29

March 8, 2010

Beijing- State Airline Air China will launch its Beijing-Manila-Beijing route on March 29, 2010 using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The Star Alliance member airline operates 243 routes covering 28 countries with 69 international routes, 6 regional routes and 168 domestic routes. It provides more than 6.000 weekly flights and offers 1 million seats.

Air China seeks to operate three flights a week with Flight No. CA179 and CA180 under the following schedule:
Flight No. Date Departure Arrival
CA179 Mon/Wed/Sat Beijing 20:00 Manila 00:55+1
CA180 Tue/Thu/Sun Manila 06:30 Beijing 11:10

The airline has been appraised as one of "China's Top Ten International Brands" by the Financial Times of Great Britain and American McKinsey Management Consulting Company. It has also been ranked as the "Best Chinese Airline" by industry magazines Business Journey and TTG for three consecutive years and named as "2007 Best Chinese Airline."

Air China said it expected to expand its fleet to 400 planes within the next five to six years, up from 243 planes at the end of June last year. The flag carrier has agreed to buy 20 Airbus 320 planes valued at 1.6 billion dollars.

"The company is expecting to take delivery of the Airbus aircraft in stages from 2011 to 2014," the airline in a statement said.

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